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December 15
Register Now for Winter Quarter Basic Skills Courses!

Register Now! Classes start January 5 at Yakima Valley Community College

Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley Community College Basic Skills Divisions offers Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, GED Preparation, College Alternative Program, High School 21+, I-BEST Nursing Assistant, and I-BEST Business Technology Office Skills. YVCC offers these programs at locations throughout the valley. Call for site specific course offerings and schedules. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.

  • Yakima Campus: S. 16th Avenue and Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98902                   509.574.6850
  • Grandview Campus: 500 West Main Street, Grandview, WA 98930                         509.882.7000
  • Ellensburg Learning Center: 401 E Mountainview, Ellensburg, WA 98926                509.925.4011
  • Sunnyside Learning Center: 2590 Yakima Valley Hwy, Sunnyside, WA 98944          509.837.9623
  • Toppenish Learning Center: 516 W First Avenue, Toppenish, WA 98948                 509.865.4550

New Winter Quarter 2015:

High School 21+ is offered at YVCC's Yakima and Grandview campuses, as well as Learning Centers in Ellensburg, Sunnyside, and Toppenish. HS 21+ allows individuals to apply previously earned high school credit toward their diploma, then finish the rest of the credits required by taking classes at YVCC. As students show competency in specific subject areas, YVCC will grant high school credit. Students are not required to pass the state assessment or complete a senior project. Students may also be able to earn high school credit based on prior knowledge through training and/or work experience. They are required to earn a total of 19 high school credits in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, art, occupational education, health, physical fitness, and chosen electives. Classes completed at YVCC lead directly into credit bearing college courses if students wish to continue and earn their associates degree.

New location - Wapato: GED Preparation will now be offered at the Wapato School District. YVCC's offers GED Preparation to students interested in studying for the GED exam through individualized and classroom support. The GED exam is administered on the computer and students need to have strong academic skills and knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, math, computer technology, social studies, and science in order to pass the exam. Wapato School District: 301 S. Wapato Avenue, Wapato, WA 98951. Call: 509.877.6138 x 4250​

YVCC is now enrolling students for winter quarter classes. For more information visit ​

December 12
Sunnyside Learning Center hosts Open House

Sunnyside Learning Center – Yakima Valley Community College will host an Open House of its Sunnyside Learning Center on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 12:00-7:00pm. Are you interested in earning your high school diploma or high school equivalency degree? Visit the Sunnyside Learning Center to meet staff, and learn about your educational options! Enjoy free refreshments and enter a drawing for free gifts.​

YVCC's Sunnyside Learning Center, located at 2590 Yakima Valley Hwy, Sunnyside, WA. For more information visit: or contact 509.837.9623. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish.

December 09
Centers of Excellence celebrate 10th year of innovative workforce development for Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Centers of Excellence announced today that 2014 marks the 10th year anniversary of their founding.

Ten years ago, the Centers of Excellence were established by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and in 2009, they were codified by the state Legislature. The centers are flagship institutions that build and sustain Washington's competitive advantage through statewide leadership. Each center focuses on a targeted industry that drives the state's economy and is built upon a reputation for fast, flexible and responsive workforce development to support education and training programs.  

Centers have led and supported the development of rigorous skills standards to meet industry training needs, collaborated on grant projects to support workforce training and are involved with national boards and organizations. They ensure that leading edge thinking, best practices and technologies are introduced into the community and technical college system.

"Since their inception, Centers of Excellence have been at the forefront of our community and technical college system's strategy to better supply business and industry partners with highly skilled, workforce-ready graduates," said Jim Crabbe, SBCTC's director of workforce education. "Our centers convene stakeholders, problem solve, and disseminate their solutions to the 34 colleges in our system, sharpening Washington's competitive edge. It has been a journey of continuous improvement over the past 10 years and the sky is the limit." 

Today, the centers continue to lead workforce and economic development strategies for the community and technical college system. For example, the centers have supported a "pathway" model that organizes curricula into series of stackable, integrated credentials within various professional interest areas. This approach gives students the opportunity to move from short-term certificates to associate degrees and, ultimately, to baccalaureate and higher-level studies within their chosen career paths, continually increasing their earning power as they upgrade at every level. Today's Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees are taking this approach one step further, providing a predictable, efficient path to a bachelor's degree for students who hold professional-technical associate degrees.

The ten centers serving Washington's community and technical college system are: Agriculture, hosted at Walla Walla Community College, Allied Health at Yakima Valley Community College, Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing at Everett Community College, Clean Energy at Centralia College, Construction at Renton Technical College, Education at Green River Community College, Homeland Security Emergency Management at Pierce College, Information and Computing Technology at Bellevue College, Global Trade and Supply Chain Management at Highline College, and Marine Manufacturing and Technology at Skagit Valley College. For more information, visit

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About the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges:
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is led by a Governor-appointed board and provides leadership, advocacy, and coordination for Washington's system of 34 public community and technical colleges.  Each year, nearly 400,000 students train for the workforce, prepare to transfer to a university, gain basic math and English skills, or pursue continuing education.  Visit our website at


Contact:  Laura McDowell, 360-704-4310 or

December 09
YVCC hosts Truck Driving Training

Grandview Campus- Yakima Valley Community College hosts Truck Driver Training from January 26, 2015-February 27, 2015. YVCC's Truck Driver Training course consists of a five week training program. Participants will experience both classroom and hands-on training, and have the opportunity to take the Washington State Class A and Class B CDL exam. The cost is $4,200 for Class A, or Class A and B; or $2,100 for Class B.

Courses are administered by Driver Training & Solutions, LLC. Driver Training & Solutions, LLC is a private CDL career training school that provides small class size, excellent instructors, quality instruction, and job placement assistance. For more information on the training program visit Classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the academic year on YVCC's Grandview Campus.​

How to Register: Those interested in attending this training course should schedule a meeting with YVCC WorkFirst Coordinator Kayla Crawford at 509.574.4745 / by January 16th.

December 08
Uncork the Magic and the Mystery of the Washington Wine Industry at YVCC

This winter, Yakima Valley Community College offers Vines, Wines and Dollar $igns a unique blend of premium courses from two complementary programs, Vineyard & Winery Technology and Business Administration. Vines, Wines and Dollar $igns will include three courses Introduction to Washington Wines, Washington Terroir, and Wine Marketing preparing students on how to market products and be successful in the growing wine industry. The three courses are linked into one vibrant learning community – a distinctive pairing of programs geared toward knowledge and skills needed for careers in the Washington wine industry.​

"By teaching in a learning community style we will be able to better build connections across the disciplines and develop seminars and projects that engage the students and create a learning environment that draws from both the wine and business courses," said Trent Ball agriculture department chair.  As the wine industry in Washington grows the need for skilled workers also grows. "The Washington wine industry is seeing rapid expansion and growth. One of the keys to success of the industry, in addition to quality grape and wine production, is marketing and sales. This cross program training is intended to give students knowledge of the Washington wine industry as well as an understanding of business and marketing principles," Ball continued.

Vines, Wines and Dollar $igns will meet on Monday and Wednesday evening and will be available on both the Yakima and Grandview campuses.  Register today, winter quarter begins January 5, 2015.

AG 120 Introduction to Washington Wines: The size of Washington wine industry has doubled over the past ten years. This course provides an overview of the Washington grape and wine industry, an introduction to terminology, a summary of Washington grape production areas and types of wine produced and the basics of wine evaluation.


AGSCI 131 Terroir: This course will focus on defining the concept of terroir and what makes Washington unique in the world of wine. The geologic history of Washington and its effects on the formation of soil will be discussed with comparisons to the great wine grape-growing areas of the world.


BA 275 Wine Marketing: This course will examine and analyze marketing forces in the viticulture industry. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of wine marketing and sales. They will examine industry standards relating to packaging, advertising, promotion and distribution. Teams of students will research, propose, organize and implement a marketing/promotion plan to meet the needs of a local winery.  

To register call 509-574-4700 or visit for more information.

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